Chalres Egan

Dr. Charles Egan, Director

Charles Egan (B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Princeton) is professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and has also served as director of the SF State Chinese Flagship Program since its founding in 2009. He has published extensively on the evolution of Chinese classical poetic genres and is a frequent translator. His book, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China (Columbia University Press), was awarded the 2011 Lucien Stryk Prize in Asian Translation by the American Literary Translators Association. Currently he is preparing a new anthology of inscriptions and poetry from or about the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay.


Frederik Green

Dr. Frederik Green, Associate Director

Frederik Green is assistant professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the associate director of the Chinese Flagship program at SF State. His research interests include modern Chinese literature of the Republican-period, Sino-Japanese relations and post-socialist Chinese cinema. Originally trained in literary studies, he has become a passionate promoter of the Language Flagship and its mission. He is also a tea enthusiast devoted to fine oolong teas that he happily shares with prospective students during his office hours. 


Yang Xiao-Desai

Dr. Yang Xiao-Desai, Curriculum Advisor

Dr. Yang Xiao-Desai is an assistant professor of Chinese linguistics and pedagogy at SF State. Her main area of research is in second language acquisition, heritage language education and Chinese sociolinguistics. She is particularly interested in individual differences of language learners, such as anxiety, identity and learning strategies. She also studies the role of technology in language learning and teacher training and specializes in language program development and curriculum design. In Fall 2015, she is the acting associate director of Chinese Flagship Program and the curriculum consultant for the Flagship Linkage Program. 


Josephine Tsao

Dr. Josephine Tsao, Flagship Lecturer

Josephine Tsao is a lecturer of Chinese at SF State where she teaches all levels of Chinese language class and the U.S. federal government-funded Chinese Flagship Program. Tsao received her doctorate in journalism from University of Missouri and the master's in Chinese from San Francisco State University. 


Mia Segura

Mia Segura, Program Manager

In the capacity of program manager for the SF State Chinese Flagship Program, Mia Segura provides administrative support and budget management for the faculty, staff and students of the Flagship program. With a degree in International Relations and Chinese from Tufts University, Segura is a passionate advocate for international study opportunities for students. She previously worked as program coordinator for the Arizona State University Chinese Flagship Program and has volunteered with the Junior League of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum and Sister Cities.


Shura Taylor

Shura Taylor, Outreach Coordinator

Shura is the outreach coordinator for the Chinese Flagship Program. She plays a role in marketing the program to potential students and corporate donors. Shura is an alumni to the program, with World Music being her primary major and Pacific Asian Studies as her minor. Shura uses her experiences to mentor students, recruit new applicants and engage community interaction with companies and alumni. Shura has a deep interest in Chinese history, culture and music.